La Jolla Cultural Zone hosts an Open House on Sunday


By Susan DeMaggio

Seven La Jolla organizations have joined together to present the first “Open Doors La Jolla: A Taste and Tour of the Cultural Zone,” from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 at St. James by-the-Sea, The Cuvier Club, La Jolla Historical Society, La Jolla Women’s Club, The Bishop’s School, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and the Bed & Breakfast Inn at La Jolla.

Organizers said the open house-style event is an opportunity for residents to rediscover La Jolla’s cultural heritage and historic architecture. The afternoon will include tours of the facilities, live music, light refreshments, and admission is free!

“We hope the town will come out to enjoy the many wonderful jewels that make La Jolla so special,” said Merle Lotherington on behalf of the Woman’s Club. “Guests are warmly invited to step inside the buildings and explore all they have to offer.”

• Visitors should check in

at St. James by-the-Sea

, 743 Prospect St., to receive an event map. The church plans tours, the chance to hear the organ and chimes, kids’ activities, and refreshments.•

Bed & Breakfast Inn La Jolla,

a residence built in 1913 and converted to a 15-room B&B, will provide music on the lawn and tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.•

La Jolla

Historical Society

docents will give tours of Wisteria Cottage and grounds, and exhibit historical photos of the Cultural Zone along with the work of pictorialist/photographer Leopold Hugo.•

The Woman’s Club

, an Irving Gill building donated by Ellen Browning Scripps, will have music and light refreshments.•

The Bishop’s School

, founded by Scripps in 1909, will offer tours of the campus, which has three Irving Gill-designed buildings.

• Museum of Contemporary Art

San Diego,

once home to Ellen Browning Scripps, will offer tours of the sculpture garden at noon and 2 p.m., plus a history lecture with music and munchies alfresco.

• The Cuvier Club

will be reflect a 1940’s-era WWII USO Hall with swing dancing, period costumes, refreshments and “tray-passed hors d’oeuvres.”

For more information, call (858) 459-3421 or send an e-mail to